The Science Department at Sir William Robertson Academy aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum accessible to all pupils, regardless of ability, gender, race or culture that builds upon the primary curriculum in a continuous and progressive manner throughout key stages 3 and 4.
We aim to provide well resourced facilities that are both safe and stimulating for the pupils. This facilitates not only further development of their scientific knowledge and understanding, but also allows for the spark of curiosity and enthusiasm towards Science and the world around them; in essence helping to develop tomorrow’s scientists.
The department seeks to develop investigative and problem solving skills in the pupils as well as enhancing informed attitudes. In order to reach their full potential the pupils have access to a challenging and varied curriculum, tailored to individual and group needs. The pupils are encouraged to put knowledge and understanding of the application of Science in a social and ethical context and to make evaluations.
In order to achieve these aims the department intends to make optimum use of available resources and to fully involve all staff so that ideas and individual expertise can be utilised.
All students at Sir William Robertson Academy study a balanced course in science at both Key Stages 3 and 4. At Key Stage 3 all pupils take 3 hours of science per week in Year 7 and 3 hours a week in Year 8, following our own scheme of work. Groups are taught by one teacher where possible. The curriculum at KS3 serves to build on key scientific knowledge and skills from KS2 study whilst inspiring scientists of the future.
In Year 8 pupils will study some topic areas at a greater depth.
At the end of each topic they will sit an assessment to check understanding of key knowledge and practical applications.
At key stage 4 pupils take a minimum of 4 hours of science per week in Year 9 and 10 and a minimum of 5 hours of science per week in Year 11. Pupils follow either the AQA GCSE Trilogy (Equivalent of 2 GCSEs) or the AQA Separate sciences consisting of GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics course (equivalent of 3 GCSE’s). AQA Science Trilogy will be examined with 6 examination papers each 1hour and 15minutes long accounting for 16.7% of the GCSE. AQA separate sciences will be examined with 6 examination papers each 1 hour and 45 minutes long accounting for 50% of each GCSE (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
If students apply and gain the required grades at KS4, they can choose from A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All of these subjects are taught using the AQA exam board specification and students will have 4 hours of teaching by a subject specialist each week for two years. All three subjects require students to apply scientific knowledge to theoretical and practical scenarios, exploring in more detail the observations the students see, and make use of, every day. Students will be assessed over the two years on their practical abilities and will acquire a Practical Endorsement Certificate at the end of Year 13, whilst their A level result is based on 3 exams for each subject taken at the end of Year 13.